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Oklahoma holds off Baylor in overtime, awaits CFP fate

Jalen Hurts of the Oklahoma Sooners scrambles with the ball as James Lynch and Blake Lynch of the Baylor Bears pursue in the second quarter of the Big 12 Football Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 7, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

The Oklahoma Sooners edged out the Baylor Bears in overtime, and now have to wait and see what happens the rest of the day before knowing their College Football Playoff fate. Oklahoma beat Baylor 30-23 in overtime after withstanding an unexpected offensive onslaught from third string Bears quarterback Jacob Zeno.

Oklahoma entered the day ranked sixth in the CFP rankings. A win over seventh ranked Baylor could go a long way to helping their cause, but also depends on what happens ahead of them. The Sooners already got some help with Utah losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday. Now, they await the result of the SEC Championship Game. If No. 4 Georgia beats LSU, both those teams likely are in the playoff. If LSU beats Georgia, Oklahoma probably gets in, but even that could depend on how George loses.

For the time being, the Sooners can celebrate a huge win and conference championship. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was a busy man on Saturday. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 287 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and also had 23 carries for 38 yards. Not exactly an efficient day, but enough to get the job done.

Baylor third string quarterback Jacob Zeno did everything he could to take this game to the wire. Backup Gerry Bohanon replaced injured Charlie Brewer, and then Zeno replaced an ineffective Bohanon down 23-13. Zeno proceeded to throw an 81-yard touchdown pass and then a 78-yard catch and run that set up a game-tying field goal to force an eventual overtime. In overtime, Zeno threw two incomplete passes, was sacked for a ten-yard loss, and threw and incompletion to turn the ball over on downs.